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Miguel Ángel Asturias’s Struggle Between Good and Evil
is a masterwork of political fiction and a prime example of linguistic beauty in the Latin American tradition.
Mario Vargas Llosa
July 1, 2022
Elif Batuman Answers Our Burning Questions About the State of the Novel
A conversation about her new book
, the limits of aesthetic life, and much more.
June 29, 2022
Toe to Toe With “Moby-Dick”
Pierre Senges’s avant-garde retelling of Melville's great work asks us what the limits of the novel are.
June 27, 2022
Fernanda Melchor’s Dark Morality Plays
In her third novel, Melchor turns her allegorical powers in an even more explicitly political direction.
Nicolás Medina Mora
June 6, 2022
The Passion and Agony of the Bibliophile
Following an ardent and obsessive reader, Claire-Louise Bennett’s
asks if one can find all the things they need in life in a book.
Rachel Vorona Cote
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June 2, 2022
Raw Speech, Raw Stories: A Conversation With Fernanda Melchor
Her new novel,
, is an explosive exploration of the boundaries of the Spanish language and the the banal brutality of everyday violence.
Lucas Iberico Lozada
May 25, 2022
The Walter Tevis Renaissance
On the revival of one of the most perceptive American chroniclers of addiction.
May 25, 2022
The Ardor of Tessa Hadley
Her novels are masterful domestic dramas that obsess over the mechanics of adultery and illicit passion.
May 18, 2022
Olga Ravn’s Office Novel in Space
offers a surreal and biting account of all the hazards and indignities of the contemporary workplace.
May 3, 2022
Jennifer Egan’s World Wide Web
Her latest novel tackles a favorite topic of her fiction—the excesses of the Internet and modern technologies.